Day Seminars

The Zodiac Signs and The Fixed Stars

Folio detail, Capricorn and Aquarius, Persian Manuscript 373, Wellcome Images

One Day Seminars - Open to students and non-students

Six of this series of seminars which runs from October 2017 to April 2018 will focus on the Signs of the Zodiac.  In each session we will explore the two zodiac signs that share a traditional planetary ruler, the exception being the first date in which Cancer and Leo, the only signs to be ruled by the Moon and the Sun respectively, will will be studied.  The aim of the seminars is to gain a greater appreciation of the archetypes associated with the signs and their symbolism which in turn will enhance interpretation.  Hence, although these seminars may include some chart work the emphasis will be exploring the signs themselves in more detail.  The seminars will be suitable for students who have some understanding of planets and signs who wish to deepen their awareness of the signs.

An additional day in which the Fixed Stars will be explored is also being offered.  This seminar will be suitable for those who have a basic understanding of how to read a natal chart.

    • Time: Sundays 11am – 5pm
    • Venue: Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place, London, WC1 (close to King’s Cross, Euston and Warren Street stations).
    • Cost: £60

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Please book early, enrolments will close when the workshops are full or at Midday on the Thursday before the Seminar whichever is sooner.

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Please contact info@astrology.org.uk or Stevi Gaydon at stevi.gaydon@astrology.org.uk with any queries.


Autumn Term

Constellations

29 October 2017: Cancer and Leo
Tutor: Stevi Gaydon

We begin our exploration of the signs with Cancer and Leo, the two signs ruled exclusively by the luminaries and which, appropriately, are associated with Mother and Father.  Cancer, governed by the Moon, is responsive to the cyclic and rhythmic rise and fall of life's ebb and flow and is constant only in inconstancy. Instinctive, emotional, sensitive and imaginative, Cancer tends to towards privacy. In contrast, fiery Leo, the sign of the Sun, the heart of the solar system, craves attention and is associated with vitality, drama, creativity and a desire to shine. Characterised by courage, strength and loyalty Leo operates playfully, generously and confidently.  We all have both signs in our charts and in this seminar, we will investigate their archetypes and symbolism and see if we can discover how we manifest their mythology in our own lives.

19 November 2017: Gemini and Virgo
Tutor: Melanie Reinhart

We focus on the first two mutable signs, both ruled by Mercury, by comparing and contrasting them. In addition, we will enter in depth into their individual ‘field’, through symbolism, imagery and mythology. Traditional connections and associations will be included, and fresh intuitive insight will both be offered by Melanie and also encouraged from participants. The day will include some contemplative work.

3 December 2017: Fixed Stars
Tutor: Carole Taylor

As astrologers, we fall in love with the constellations, which hold the myths and stories of the night sky. A study of the fixed stars takes us beyond the ecliptic and the familiar zodiac signs where the planets have their orbits, and brings the magic of the whole starry sky into view. Drawing on the work of Ptolemy and William Lilly, and modern interpreters such as Vivian Robson and Bernadette Brady, we will navigate our way through the stars and see how to use them to add layers of meaning to the natal chart.

Spring Term

Zodiac ceiling painting from Ambras Castle by Giovanni Battista Fontana

28 January 2018: Taurus and Libra
Tutor: Cat Cox

18 February 2018: Aries and Scorpio
Tutor: Kim Farley

11 March 2018: Pisces and Sagittarius
Tutor: Melanie Reinhart

Focussing on the final two mutable signs, both traditionally ruled by Jupiter, we explore their commonality and also their differences. In particular, we consider their indications for our religious, spiritual and philosophical life (Sagittarius) and the releasing process signified by the mystical sign in which the journey of the zodiac culminates (Pisces). Their respective obstacles and distortions provide us with important teachings and clues about our individual journey of awakening. Imagery, mythology and contemplative work will be included in the day.

Summer Term

22 April 2018: Aquarius and Capricorn
Tutor: Lindsay Gladstone

In the starry skies the Goat and the Waterbearer define the constellations Capricorn and Aquarius.  As the 10th and 11th signs of the zodiac they share Saturn as a planetary ruler. In ancient times this was the furthermost planet in the Solar system that could be seen by the naked eye.  Capricorn is bound by paternal notions of duty and responsibility and in keeping with its earthy nature material achievement acts as a benchmark of success.  Aquarius, an air sign enriched with humanitarian qualities, has a modern co-ruler Uranus. A transpersonal planet symbolizing innovation and rebellion it is eager to tear down the restrictions of Saturnian tradition in a bid to establish a new order for the collective. This raises the intriguing question of how such contrasting forces can co-exist within the energy of Aquarius.  In this seminar the symbolism and archetypal qualities of both signs will be explored through the horoscopes of famous people and the narrative of myths and legends.

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